I’ve been reading through blog posts about the aftermath of last weeks winter storm in South Dakota. I came across a couple of news articles on CNN and NBC News sites. And then I did something I never, ever should have done. I scrolled down to the comments section. Word of advice: Do Not Scroll Down to the Comments Section. Ever.
It’s not a nice place. People are very nasty there. It made me sad and mad and dumbfounded. There were so many accusations comments from so many people who very clearly of little to no understanding of ranching or livestock. But boy oh boy, do they have opinions!
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I am not here to try to change anyone’s mind, this is after all, a free country. All I’m asking is that you try to base your opinions on facts and not assumptions or rumors.
I’ve reworded some of the most common accusations comments into questions to try to set a respectful tone and I’ve tried my best to answer them.
via Questioning Cattle Deaths in South Dakota | Pretty Work.
One of the worst blizzards in South Dakota history plowed through the region during the first weekend of October, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. It will be days, maybe weeks, before ranchers can locate missing livestock, but estimates are they will find tens of thousands of dead cattle.
On Oct. 9, I was able to reach the Reinhold family, who live on a ranch in Meade County. They were in day six of a power outage, and phone lines had just been repaired the night before. “It just socked us,” Larry Reinhold told me in a sober tone. “It’s really, really bad. We didn’t lose as many cattle as some of our neighbors, but we lost a lot of horses. It’s a pretty big blow.”
The storm began with two inches of rain on Oct. 3, soaking livestock that had not yet grown their winter coats. Winds in the 60 to 70 mile an hour range added to the freezing temperatures as the rain converted to snow and dumped an unprecedented amount for the unusual October storm.
via WORLD | South Dakota staggers under early blizzard | Jill Nelson | Oct. 10, 2013.
Understanding What Happened
Dave Ollila – 10/11/2013
This article was written collaboratively by Dave Ollila and Rosie Nold.
The high death loss from the early October blizzard in South Dakota has producers and the public wondering “How could this happen?” We tend to think about winter storms, extreme cold and other stressful conditions that cattle, horses and sheep on western range often successfully cope with and ask “Why was this storm so much worse?”
A number of factors all happened simultaneously to create a situation of very high energy needs and high stress in cattle and other livestock. Any one of the following factors could have an impact by itself, but when all combined, it was simply too much for the animals and they most likely succumbed to hypothermia.
via Understanding What Happened | iGrow | SDSU Extension.
Granted, I haven’t been watching the news like I generally do, so maybe I’m just missing it.
I know there are lots of things going on. The government shutdown. The Kardashians. Miley’s twerking. Miley’s naked ball romp. Etc etc etc.
But seriously- this one has my head and heart spinning, and I cannot understand why there is no coverage on this. As of today, I’m finding sporadic coverage, and mostly only the ag sites are really talking about the real losses. Today, I’m seeing a few other sites starting to report on this, but where is the media when you really need them?
via I’m Paying Attention- Winter Storm Atlas | Tikk Tok.
via I’m Paying Attention- Winter Storm Atlas | Tikk Tok.
‘President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obamacare are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court.Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obamacare five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.
Article I of the Constitution grants the legislative power entirely to Congress. Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended the law? Yet when the House of Representatives undertakes a constitutionally correct, i.e., legislative, procedure for suspending the other mandate — the individual mandate — this is portrayed as some extra-constitutional sabotage of the rule of law. Why is tying that amendment to a generalized spending bill an outrage, while unilateral amendment by the executive (with a Valerie Jarrett blog item for spin) is perfectly fine?’
via Charles Krauthammer: Who shut down Yellowstone? – The Washington Post.
The refrain started many weeks, even months, before the election, but its frequency and intensity has increased nearly exponentially since Nov. 6.
“I don’t know if we can survive another four years of this,” people say. Or, “do you think we can survive four more years of this?” Even Bill Kristol, not prone to defeatism, speculated on what might happen “even if America can survive the next four years of Obama.” [Emphasis added.] The words aren’t coming from alarmists. They come in face-to-face conversations, or in emails, or on the phone. They come from Washington, from New York, from New Jersey, from Minnesota, from Alabama, from New Orleans — from all over. Serious, ordinary people, some of whom live and breathe politics and some of whom pay almost no attention to current affairs, aren’t panicking or exaggerating. They are really worried about what this man in the White House will do now. And they’re really worried about whether America as we know it can survive.
via The American Spectator : Does Obama Doom America?.
It didn’t take long to kill the messenger.
After the election, the private sector has begun its struggle to cope with hefty health-care fees written into the Obama health law. For many businesses, the fines tip the cost-benefit balance against full-time employees. And employers — for their own sake, and for the sake of their remaining employees — have to cut back on employment, hours, or both. These painful cutbacks are the only way to ensure the long-term health of their businesses; it’s simple, if regrettable, math.
That doesn’t stop the economically (and grammatically) ignorant from calling for boycotts.:
via Public Outrage Turns Against Businesses Struggling to Cope with High Obamacare Costs – By Jillian Kay Melchior – The Corner – National Review Online.
It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.
These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all.
via In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes.
Barack Obama won a moderately close victory over Mitt Romney on Tuesday. But oddly, nothing much has changed. The country is still split nearly 50/50. There is still a Democratic president, and an almost identically Democratic Senate at war with an almost identically Republican House, in a Groundhog Day America.
Obama’s win did not really reflect affirmation of his first term, given that the president made only halfhearted efforts to defend Obamacare, the stimulus, huge Keynesian deficits, and his attempts to implement cap-and-trade. So if there is a second-term agenda, even Obama supporters don’t quite know what it will be.
via Groundhog Day in America – Victor Davis Hanson – National Review Online.